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Introduction
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Strengths and limitations of clinical examination procedures
The tests and measures included in this module are intended to help the clinician identify an aggregate or cluster of symptoms to be communicated in an appropriate referral or differential diagnosis. These factors will vary based on the scope of practice of the clinician providing care (i.e., physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician assistant, clinical nurse specialist) but should seek to use scientific methods of testing and classification, commonly accepted medical terminology, distinct and recognizable clinical presentations, and the validation of findings with other tests and measures that examine motor control and sensory function.

The most common limitations to the examination and evaluation of somatosensation are: 1) incomplete testing or 2) a lack of precision in administering the various tests and measures. This results in an inability to effectively evaluate the impact of somatosensory deficits on motor control and function due to insufficient and/or inaccurate information. 

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